The organization of defensive behavior elicited by optogenetic excitation of rat lateral or ventrolateral periaqueductal gray.

@article{Assareh2016TheOO,
  title={The organization of defensive behavior elicited by optogenetic excitation of rat lateral or ventrolateral periaqueductal gray.},
  author={Neda Assareh and Mahsa Sarrami and Pascal Carrive and Gavan P McNally},
  journal={Behavioral neuroscience},
  year={2016},
  volume={130 4},
  pages={
          406-14
        }
}
Rodents display characteristic defense responses to predators that are influenced by predatory imminence. The midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG) serves an important role controlling these responses. The most influential model states that variations in defensive topography are due to distinct PAG regions: ventrolateral PAG (VLPAG) controls postencounter defense, such as freezing and immobility, whereas lateral PAG (LPAG) controls circa-strike defense, such as escape and flight. Here we used… CONTINUE READING
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